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One Happy Camper

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One Happy Camper is a program that introduces new Jewish youth
to the magic of Jewish camp!

For children, camp is just plain fun, but Jewish summer camp is also much more than that – it’s camp with a soul. Each summer, youth discover who they are – and who they want to become – in an unforgettable setting that allows them to experience Jewish community, tradition, culture and values. Jewish summer camp for Colorado youth creates lifelong friendships and memories, teaches important life skills, and allows kids to live, laugh, learn and play in the great outdoors.

  • $125,000 will allow us to send 140 Colorado kids to
    Jewish summer camp in 2019
  • Scholarships are regardless of need and range
    from $750-$1,000 per youth, depending on the length
    of their camp session
  • 86 students are currently on the waitlist and new
    applications arrive every day

For 88% of One Happy Camper recipients, Jewish camp was just one of several options they were considering from an array of mostly secular summer alternatives… One Happy Camper helped their families make the decision to attend Jewish summer camp.


Your Gift Can Send a Child to Camp!

By making a gift to JEWISHcolorado’s Flagship Fund, you have the power to give the gift of Jewish summer camp and ensure that Jewish children throughout Colorado have every opportunity to make positive, lasting Jewish connections as a result.

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Since 2012, community support has provided 903 Colorado youth with the gift of Jewish overnight camp

Jewish Summer Camp Works

The impact of Jewish camp is immediate—campers return home connected to a community and friends that last a lifetime… And it doesn’t stop there. Children with pivotal Jewish camp experiences are more likely to become adults who value their Jewish heritage, support Jewish causes, and take on leadership roles in their communities.

  • 87% of One Happy Camper recipients return to
    camp for a second summer
  • 97% of One Happy Campers feel that camp creates an atmosphere where they are proud to be Jewish
  • As adults, 30% of Jewish summer camp alumni
    are more likely to donate to Jewish causes


“One Happy Camper helped us send our children to JCC Ranch camp. Our children’s experiences and connections at camp helped create a stronger foundation for their Jewish identities. Glad we can give back for something that gave so much to our family.”
—Barbara and Jason Carroll

“The One Happy Camper subsidy defrayed enough cost this year to make sleep away camp a reality!”
—Mindy Sanders

“Joshua’s Jewish summer camp experience was life changing. He returned home with confidence and a spiritual connection to Judaism and he made great friends!”
—Debra Kaplan

“When we first decided to send our kids to camp, we were considering both Jewish and non-Jewish camps. I can tell you that the availability of the One Happy Camper grant made a big difference in our decision. Once our kids started at Camp Shwayder, that’s the only place they want to go back. You have a wonderful program, and we are so appreciative for the grant!”

More Information

For more details check www.OneHappyCamper.org or contact Heather Flowers at 303.316.6462 or HFlowers@JEWISHcolorado.org.

Program Background

Coloradans can submit an online application at OneHappyCamper.org. The subsidies are open to children who are registered to attend an overnight Jewish summer camp, who do not attend a day school, are residents of Colorado, and have not attended sleep-away camp before. Campers can attend any of the 150+ nonprofit Jewish camps in North America, but many of the campers choose to attend one of Colorado’s three local summer camps. One Happy Camper is a program of JEWISHcolorado and the Foundation for Jewish Camp.